ABOUT SRINAGAR: Srinagar, the summer capital is situated in the centre of Kashmir valley and is surrounded by five districts. In the north it is flanked by Kargil, in the South by Pulwama, in the north-west by Budgam. This extremely beautiful place tells the story of the love of the Mughal emperors. It possess deep green rice fields and river bridges, gardens in bloom, lakes rimmed by houseboats, a business center and holiday resort.

Srinagar has the distinction of having multifaceted and unique cultural blend, making it exclusive from the rest of the country, not only from the different cultural forms and heritage, but from geographical, demographically, ethical, social entities, which forms a distinct spectrum of diversity.

Location: Kashmir Region, J&K

Main Attractions: Canals, Houseboats & Mughal Gardens

How to spend time/Attractions: Golf, Fishing, Shikara ride, Handicrafts Shopping, Photography, Sightseeing, etc.

Best Time to Visit: June to Early November, December to February.

PLACES TO VISIT:

DAL LAKE:- The Dal Lake which has the length of 8 Km long and a width of 4 Km, spreads over a total of 26 Sq. Km. The fascinating Dal Lake is divided into two smaller ones the Lokut (small) and Bod (big) Dal. The south western part of the lake has a maximum depth of approximately 12 M. the Dal Lake gets some of its water from spring but is also supplemented by water from the mountain lake, Mar Sar. In the western part of the Lake one can glimpse a few islands, some bigger, some smaller. Its shores are very fertile and surrounded by willows.

MUGHAL GARDENS: – Mughal Gardens, as the name suggests, built in the Mughal period is a marvel located in Srinagar. These gardens are the major attractions of the tourists to Jammu and Kashmir. These gardens are the nice example of the Mughal style of constructing attractive places. 
The name Mughal Gardens is given for the combination of three renowned gardens namely the Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Gardens and Chashmashahi. These gardens are tourists’ paradise and are beautifully decorated with bright flowerbeds, terraced lawns and well maintained cascading fountains. No tourist can miss these three nice marvelous gardens.

WULAR LAKE: – Wular Lake is about 16 km long and 10 km wide, spreading over an area of about 125 sq. km. Wular acts as a natural flood reservoir, drawing off excess water from the Jhelum River, which leaves the lake at Sopore. The lake changes character with every few miles of its course. 

Being devoid of any artificial feature, Wular Lake is home to an enchanting variety of avian life. The extensive marshes surrounding the lake support dense coniferous forests, alpine pastures and orchards, adding to the natural splendor and biodiversity of the wetland area. The lake serves as a wintering site for several migratory waterfowl species like Little Egzet, Cattle Egzet, Shoveler, Common Pochard, and Mallard, to name a few.

HAZRATBAL SHRINE: – The Hazratbal shrine lies at a distance of 25 kilometers from the Badgam district in Srinagar, Kashmir. This pilgrimage destination is known by a number of names viz. the Assar-e-Sharif, Madinat-us-Sani and the Dargah Sharif. Mughal emperor Shahjahan’s brother constructed the Ishrat Mahal at the site of the shrine sometime in the year 1623, later when the emperor himself visited the site he ordered the place to be converted into a prayer house. The shrine as such was built by the Muslim Auqaf trust. Before the Hazratbal shrine was constructed the sacred hair was placed in the shrine of Naqshband Sahib. The architecture of the shrine is a combination of Mughal and traditional Kashmiri. 

SHANKARACHARYA TEMPLE: – The Shankracharya Mandir of Kashmir, India is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is thought to be the oldest shrine in the Kashmir valley. The temple, as it stands today, has undergone many repairs throughout its life. The first repair is supposed to have been done under the rule of Lalitaditya. The second repairs were undertaken by Zain-ul-Abideen after the temple got damaged in an earthquake. These repairs were carried out during the Governorship of Sheikh Mohi-ud-Din. Maharaja Gulab Singh, a Dogra ruler, is credited for the stone steps that form a part of the passage to the shrine. The electrification of the Shankracharya temple was done in 1925.

JAMA MASJID: – The Jama Masjid of Srinagar is situated at Nowhatta, in the middle of the old city. An important mosque in Srinagar, it was built by Sultan Sikandar in 1400 AD. Later, the son of Sultan Sikandar, Zain-ul-Abidin got the mosque extended. The attractions of the Jama Masjid of Srinagar, Kashmir include beautiful Indo-Saracenic architecture, a magnificent courtyard and 370 wooden pillars. Another feature of the mosque is the peace and tranquility inside it, standing out against the hustle of the old bazaars around it. Thousands of Muslims assemble at the mosque every Friday to offer their prayers. This Jama Masjid of Kashmir, India has seen a number of destructions till date. It got ruined thrice in fire and was reconstructed every time. The last restoration was carried out during the reign of Maharaja Pratap Singh

TULIP GARDEN:- Asia’s largest tulip garden, which could also become the world’s second largest, was today thrown open to the public in Srinagar, the summer capital of the conflict-ridden Indian administrated Kashmir. Situated on the banks of the world famous Dal Lake and only a few minutes drive from the city centre through the Boulevard Road, the tulip garden, also known as Siraj Baghhas around 300,000 flowers at bloom. 
Even before the inauguration of the garden, the state authorities have received requests from three major Bollywood film producers for shooting in the garden this year. Director Tourism Farooq Ahmad Shah today inaugurated the garden. “We engaged consultants from the Netherlands and imported 50 exotic varieties of the tulips to be grown here.

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When you drive from Srinagar to Leh, Sonmarg is the last stop of Kashmir District. From here starts the territory of Ladakh. Situated at an altitude of 2743 m above sea level, Sonmarg is absolutely true to its name, which means ‘Meadow of Gold’. The moment you enter Sonmarg, the first thing that you will notice will be the snow-covered mountain that forms the backdrop of the town. Covered with alpine trees from all sides, Sonmarg has few of the loveliest flower collection in J & K. In winters though, the town is covered with snow giving it an altogether different charm of white. The town has become famous for the many excursion option that it offers, mainly short walks and trek routes to nearby stunning areas. The most famous trek is definitely the one that takes you to Amarnath caves. In fact Baltal which is just besides Sonmarg is used asa base camp for starting the holy Amarnath yatra. 

Location: 81-km from Srinagar, Kashmir Region, J&K 

How to spend time/Attractions: Trekking, Alpine Skiing, Angling, Long walks, White water rafting, Sledging, Horse riding, Photography, Sightseeing, etc. 

Best Time to Visit:
 May To September, November to February.

PLACES TO VISIT:

Thajiwas Glaciers: Thajiwas is one of the most popular short walks from Sonamarg and a major attraction during the summer months. It is 4-km route to Thajiwas, a small valley at the foot of the Sonamarg glacier. A path leads up to the Shakhdar hill, overlooking the glacier from the northeast. It is dangerous to climb the steep slope leading up to the glacier. The miniature plateaus, snowfields, pines and islets add to the charm of Thajiwas. Thajiwas is a short and interesting walk from Sonamarg in Jammu Kashmir. During daytime one can take the 3-mile horseback ride west, then south, to the Thajiwas glacier.

BALTAL CAMPING BASE: 
This beautiful meadow is right at the foot of the Zoji La pass and thus is the final place in Kashmir. The river from the foot of the Amarnath glacier meets the Indus near Baltal. It stands at a height of 2,743m and during the Amarnath pilgrimage there are tents set up here. It is possible to walk to the Amarnath cave, more usually approached from Pahalgam, in one day. Check about conditions before departing, though. The weather can be treacherous and at other times melting snow and ice make the route very dangerous. There’s now a jeep road most of the way to the cave. The turn off to Baltal is at 94-km on the Leh road, and then it’s 3-km or so downhill.

Zajibal Pass: 
Zajibal pass is also known as gateway to Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir. Here you can have a clear view of Gangabal Lake 2,000 feet below, 16,872-foot Haramukh above. For this alpine trek over the Nichinai to Gangabal Lake and down the Wangat valley, you will need about seven days. This is the most dangerous pass in the region.

Nilagrad: Amongst the many spots worth visiting is the Nilagrad. Nilagrad is a colony of the Baltics where a small stream meets the Mountain River Sindh. It is 6 kms. Away from Sonmarg. The water of the river is reddish in colour. The Baltics believe that the reddish color of water is due to its curative power of many diseases. So, inhabitants of the colony visit this river every Sunday.
Krishnasar Lake: is located near the famous hill station of Sonmarg in Srinagar District. It lies at an altitude of 3,801m, and is popular for trout fishing. The lake with its scenic and peaceful atmosphere is perfect for holidays. This picturesque lake can be accessed through the Nichinai Pass which is at an altitude of 4084 m. nearby lies another lake, called Bisansar Lake noted for its natural beauty. Best time to visit the lake and its surroundings is during mild summer from April to June.

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Pahalgam is a Holiday resort famous for rishing (best April-September), nearby picnic spots and saffron fields.95 kms east of Srinagar at the junction of East and West Lidder rivers is a popular trekking base. The town is flanked by fir-clad hills giving way to snow capped mountains. 

Pahalgam burst into life in July and August when pilgrims arrive to make their yatra pilgrimage to Shiva’s ice lingam in the cave at Amarnath. There are many short walks and pony rides around Pahalgam. In General Pahalgam is also a Holiday resort and picnic spot.

Location: 95-km From Srinagar, Kashmir Region, J&K 

Main Attractions: Mamaleshwara, Baisaran, Tulian Lake, Aru 

How to spend time/Attractions: White water rafting, sledging, Photography, sightseeing, Golf, Trekking, Fishing, Horse riding, Alpine skiing etc. 

Best Time To Visit: May To September, November To February.

PLACES TO VISIT:

Tulia Lake: Situated at a distance of 11-km from Baisaran and 16 km from Pahalgam, is the Tulian Lake, situated at 3353 mts. The lake is mostly wrapped in ice surrounded by alluring peaks, which rise more than 300m above its shores. Tulian Lake set along a trek route can be reached by pony trek.

Mamaleshwara: Moving one kilometer downstream from Pahalgam, one arrives at a place called Mamaleshwara. There is a small Shiva Temple on the opposite side of the Lidder River. The temple has a history dating back to the 12th century when king Jayasima ruled the region.

Baisaran: 
5 kms from Pahalgam is a lush meadow surrounded by hills and covered with dense vegetation. This region looks very similar to European resorts and is a good campsite.Pine forests dot this meadow which presents a picturesque view of the snow-clad mountains. The snow covered Tulian Lake at an altitude of 3353 m is 11kms from Baisaran. The most beautiful of huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine. The most beautiful of these is the huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine. Hajan, on the way to Chandanwari, is an idyllic spot for a picnic. Filmgoers will recognize it instantly as it has been the location of several movie scenes.

Aru: A small village, 11 kms upstream the Lidder River, is a beautiful locality. The route is picturesque with ample campsites. This village is the starting point for treks to the Kolahoi glacier. This charming meadow can be reached by walking along a mountain path. The river Lidder disappears at Gur Khumb and reappears after 27 mtrs.

Gulmarg legendary beauty, prime location and proximity to Srinagar naturally make it one of the premier hill resorts in the country, in addition to Pahalgam and to some extend Sonmarg in Kashmir. Welcome to Gulmarg the hill resort with magical meadows and mountains. Then natural beauty of Gulmarg has attracted tourists since long. In fact the hill resort of Gulmarg literally means “the meadow of flowers”. The snow-clad peaks and the lovely landscapes of Gulmarg have provided background for several Bollywood ventures. The slopes of Gulmarg make it Asia’s only heli-skiing resort. There are immense beauty and adventure activities that make Gulmarg much more than a cool hill resort.

Location: 56-km South West of Srinagar, Kashmir Region, J&K.

Main Attractions: Alpather Lake, Golf Courses & Skiing

How to spend time/Attractions: Golf, Trekking, Cable Car ride, Angling, Horse Riding, Skiing, Ice Skating, Photography, and Sledge Ride.

Best Time to Visit: May to September, November to February.

Places to Visit: Golf Courses In Gulmarg – Nestled at an altitude of 2, 650, the hill resort got the highest green golf course in the world. The layout of the Golf course is quiet striking Golf Course was started by the British who used Gulmarg as a holiday resort and then it was later on opened to golf lovers in the year 1904. The golf course is handled by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation.
Trekking – Gulmarg makes an excellent base for trekking in the northern Pir Panjal Range. Nanga Parbat can be seen to the north from several view points, including Khilanmarg, west and over 1,500 feet up the forested hillside from Gulmarg. Gulmarg trekking provides an excellent base in the northern Pir Panjal Range. You can view Nanga Parbat from several view points. You will find Pir Panjal somewhat rounded when you will walk up its slopes.

SKI RESORT : 
Ski in Gulmarg – a wonderful combination of incredible Curry powder skiing and the unique Hospitable Kashmiri culture – Which Makes it one of the world’s Most Adventurous & Memorable skiing experience one can ever have.

GONDOLA (CABLE CAR) : Gulmarg has been the premier spot for Ski lovers, with good snow conditions from December to April .Modern facilities such as T bars, ski lifts, chair cable cars and ropeways are also available.
Helisking is also possible at Gulmarg Skiing is done on open slope , off trail through the pine forests .Among the major facilities available for skiing is the Gulmarg Gondola Cable Car from Gulmarg to the majestic heights of the Apaharwat mountains, to facilitate the Ice hockey and Ice skating games are also played now at Gulmarg.

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Leh, the capital of Ladakh is a fascinating destination. Age-old monasteries, quaint lanes, colorful markets and stunning views of the Himalayas make Leh an exotic destination. Leh is where your adventure in Ladakh begins. You can go trekking through the mountainous terrain of Ladakh, enjoy a game of polo in a high altitude arena or watch an archery contest where local residents compete in a contest that remains unchanged by time. Mountaineering, white water rafting and wildlife tours are other adventurous attractions of Leh Ladakh India. Though the weather can be freezing cold, the smiles on the faces of the Ladakhi people are sure to warm your heart. Feel on top of the world in Ladakh, on tours to Ladakh with Leh Ladakh India.

Chamba Temple: One place definitely worth walking through the putrid smelling puddles to visit, however, is the Chamba temple. It’s not easy to find on your own; ask at the second row of shops on the left after the big arch for the key keeper (gonyer), who will show you the way. Hemmed in by dilapidated medieval mansions, the one roomed shrine houses a colossal image of Maitreya, the Buddha to come, and some wonderful old wall paintings. 

Leh Fort: The Leh fort, built by Zorawar Singh, contains three temples but cannot be visited because it is within the military camp area.

Ladakh

See towering mountains reach up to a clear blue sky. Hear the rhythmic chant of Buddhist monks in an ancient monastery where time stands still. See the rushing waters of an icy river surge down from a glacial height. Ladakh – the Land of Passes and the Roof of the World awaits you. Leh Ladakh India offers tours to Ladakh, an exotic region in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. From age-old Buddhist monasteries to exciting adventure tours, Leh Ladakh India has a lot to offer. Explore a Gompa, go mountaineering in the Himalayas, camp on the Ladakh plateau where the earth seems nearer to the sky, trek on treacherous and breathtaking routes and see rare mountain goats ascend the slopes and cranes fly overhead. Leh Ladakh India welcomes you to holidays in Ladakh. Tour a land that will amaze you with its stark beauty and delight you with the warmth of the Ladakhi people.

Places of visit: 
Buddhist Monasteries-Sightseeing in Leh Ladakh begins with a tour of the Buddhist monasteries of the region. In fact, these monasteries are the most distinguishing feature of Ladakh. The Hemis monastery is the largest monastery of Ladakh with an exquisite painting of Lord Buddha, displayed once in 2 yrs. Then, there is the Shey monastery with a gold plated copper statue of Buddha. Alchi, Lamayuru, Likir, Spituk, Thikse, Stakana, Sankar, etc are some of the other popular monasteries in Ladakh. 

Leh Palace: Leh Palace counts amongst the popular places to see in Ladakh. This nine-story palace was built in the 17th century. However, because of neglect, the palace now stands mostly in ruins. 

Adventure Sports: One of the major tourist attractions of Ladakh are the adventure sports of the region. Ample opportunities as well as facilities are available in Ladakh for trekking, river rafting, mountain climbing, cycling, camel safari, yak safari, etc. 

Wildlife: Ladakh is home to some of the most exotic wildlife species. Thriving on the minimal vegetation, poor shelter, rocky terrain and bitter cold are the wild animals like Yak, Nyan, Urial, Churu, Ibex, Snow Leopard, Bharal, etc. Ladakh also plays host to a number of resident as well as migratory birds. 

Leh Mosque: Leh Mosque, in the main Bazaar, is an architectural beauty. A Sunni Muslim Mosque, the Leh Mosque is believed to be built on the land granted by King Deldan Namgial, the grandson of the Muslim Queen of Ladakh.

Tourism in Himachal Pradesh relates to tourism in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh is famous for its Himalayan landscapes and popular hill-stations. Many outdoor activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, ice-skating, and heli-skiing are popular tourist attractions in Himachal Pradesh. Shimla, the state capital, is very popular among tourists. The Kalka-Shimla Railway is a Mountain railway which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Shimla is also a famous skiing attraction in India. Other popular hill stations include Manali and Kasauli.Dharamshala, home of the Dalai Lama, is known for its Tibetan monasteries and Buddhist temples. Many trekking expeditions also begin here.